On chapter 9
Chapter 9 was a great refresher for me. Since I have been out of school for about two years, I have not been keeping up with the techniques of researching for papers. This chapter broke down the types of information you need for papers. It shows you how to get ideas for research topics, where to get your information (books, journal articles, and internet) and the importance of getting reliable sources. They also discussed an internet source that I had forgotten about, PsycINFO.org. This site has 2,500 titles that relate to psychology and they date back to 1597. I also enjoyed how it gave you the reliability information of how a journal article is published, how rigorous the acceptance policy is with journal articles. Something that I learned from this chapter was the search strategy of “treeing”. This method can be used forwards or backwards. You can look either at the reference table to gather new resources or at bibliographic resource. I have obtained new information by using the references in previous classes and research, however I was unaware that it was called treeing, or that I could also use the bibliographic resource as well.
On chapter 10
Chapter 10 is an enormous amount of information. So many topics and subdivisions to understand when writing an APA research paper. It can be intimidating after reading all that is necessary. However, I feel that all of the information that was given was necessary to know. I did have some more questions on the notecard method; I feel they did not expand on it, though it sounds like a very resourceful took for writing a paper. The way the book took each aspect of the APA style paper was extremely helpful. I have been looking ant general expectations through University of Phoenix and did not find those helpful. Since I was last in school, the APA format has changed and left me feeling a bit challenged. This is a great guide for this class. It sets the expectations from a scientific perspective. I understand how to write a paper based on research and methods. Though I am still finding is hard to write an APA paper that is not based on research and methods, has anyone been to the APA workshops that the University offers?
One video one
In this video, I learned new information about Piaget’s original theory of child cognition. When McGarrigle and Donaldson introduced “naughty teddy” as a representation of a real life situation, most children were able to understand that there were the same number of blocks. I took early childhood development courses before deciding to go on to psychology and do not remember being introduced to that study. This shows that research can always be retesting and improved. I also enjoyed how they took research methods (measuring averages, testing I.Qs, charts and graphs, and statistical averages) and showed us how real people are using then to assess and analyze data in real research and life. “ The more we know the more questions we will be asking”
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Learning team discussion
Discuss the following in your Learning Team: What are some examples of sources you can use in research? Which sources are best? Why?
Some examples one can use in their research are books, journal articles, websites, magazines, references or bibliographies. You can find sources through university libraries on campus or online. Sometimes you can check out material from other universities, depending on your university. Books can have different editions or outdated information. Depending on the website used, you can attain unreliable information, if using a website, use creditable sites such as APA, APS, Psi Chi, PsycINFO, google scholar and universities or colleges. You must remember to make sure at all web articles are accurate, creditable and current. You can use magazines but they are not highly recommended to use. References and bibliographies already have research on you topic and are